Originally Posted by seantheviking
For those of you who are kicking around the idea of using Artison speakers, I'd like to share with you our experience with them in a living room of moderate size and less-than-favorable dimensions/wall space/acoustics.
We installed the Masterpiece LCR Dual Monos a couple of months ago, along with a pair of LRS on-walls and two RCC-600 "free-standing" subs paired with the RCC-600 amplifier.
First, let's talk aesthetics. The LCRs paired with my Panny plasma look amazing! We were desiring a clean look w/a high "wife acceptance factor," and this we have in spades! The LRS on-walls look great, too (ours are white), and blend in with our decor without attracting too much attention to themselves. The subs are hidden out of sight.
Now let's talk sound, which, of course, is purely subjective. First off, the LCRs provide a much broader soundstage than would seem possible given their proximity to the display. The center channel is right-on-the-money as the sound emanates between the left & right channels directly from the display, providing for very natural, accurate panning. Most centers I've listened to are easily localized as being above or below the display. We are very, very pleased with the sound reproduction, as are those who have experienced them. The surrounds are great, but the subs were the big surprise, and we've been very impressed with them. The looks on the faces of our guests when watching a movie tells us we made the right decision in going with the Artisons!!
We were initially driving all the speakers with a Marantz SR-8001 receiver, which did a respectable job, but simply wasn't powerful enough to satisfy my ear and the low-sensitivity of the LCRs as it would run out of steam in demanding passages. Now we're using an ATI 1807 amp (purchased used) and using the Marantz as the pre-pro. Now everything is right!!
For those who are trying to satisfy the family (wife), the Artisons would be very difficult to improve upon taking performance and aesthetics into consideration.
On a side note, Artison would do well to improve its website as it really doesn't "show off" the aesthetics of the LCRs when mated with a display. If Artison would have some photos of the LCRs with various displays in various colors (for the grills), sales would sky-rocket. I had to search the net to find photos from custom installs to show my wife how great they looked (I auditioned them in a custom installer's soundroom, but even he didn't have the grills on...sheesh!!!). Artison should also provide more details about its amps for the subs.
Hope this helps!!